2 years of Seminary reflection

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Christopher88

Puritan Board Sophomore
I am thirty years of age, married, have a professional career, and serve the Lord.

There are younger people who may read this and are considering seminary; I want to share my experince for you.

I am Presbyterian and attend a non denominational (baptist in shadows) online seminary. (Liberty University)

Here are things you need to consider.

A. Money and the future. I now carry debt and would have waited for seminary until my career provided the means to go.

B. Age and life stages matter. If your single with little financial obligations go to seminary and stay single.
Being married is a blessing, but if your single stay single in seminary.

C. Attend a reformed seminary with classes you have to sit under a professor and look him in the eyes.

Online seminary is about test taking and writing. It is a wasted opportunity for the life of a minister. Online seminary is not worth the investment.

Wanted to post this for giving wisdom for the younger men considering seminary.
 

Jake

Puritan Board Senior
I thought Liberty was part of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. How is it non-denominational?
 

Bill The Baptist

Puritan Board Graduate
I thought Liberty was part of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. How is it non-denominational?
The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia support Liberty financially, but they are not affiliated with them. As far as being Baptist, the seminary at one time was called Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, but I don’t know if this is still the case.
 

SolamVeritatem

Puritan Board Freshman
I am thirty years of age, married, have a professional career, and serve the Lord.

There are younger people who may read this and are considering seminary; I want to share my experince for you.

I am Presbyterian and attend a non denominational (baptist in shadows) online seminary. (Liberty University)

Here are things you need to consider.

A. Money and the future. I now carry debt and would have waited for seminary until my career provided the means to go.

B. Age and life stages matter. If your single with little financial obligations go to seminary and stay single.
Being married is a blessing, but if your single stay single in seminary.

C. Attend a reformed seminary with classes you have to sit under a professor and look him in the eyes.

Online seminary is about test taking and writing. It is a wasted opportunity for the life of a minister. Online seminary is not worth the investment.

Wanted to post this for giving wisdom for the younger men considering seminary.
Hello Christopher.

Thanks for your observations. I'd agree with all of them, and would only add:

D. Do the very best you can to ensure that your local church is aware of, engaged in and involved in your seminary training, and seek out someone to disciple you who has gone through the experience, (preferably someone with like doctrinal and theological convictions).

Craig
 

TheInquirer

Puritan Board Freshman
Online seminary is about test taking and writing. It is a wasted opportunity for the life of a minister. Online seminary is not worth the investment.
My online experience was completely different and would have to disagree. I think some people need to be in a physical classroom and some people do very well working remotely.

Also, I am not sure comparing Liberty to some of the Reformed seminaries is a valid comparison.
 
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